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Empties #5

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Boy do I feel accomplished when I’m able to squeeze the last drop out of a product. And once again I have an overflowing pile of garbage that I save in a corner of my room to share with you guys (still…almost two years later Corey can’t understand this). I love reading these posts from other bloggers to see what they liked enough to use up completely, as well as whether or not the products are worth re-purchasing. I’m a sucker for a good empties post. And because of that these are some of my favourite posts to share with you guys. So lets delve into the pile of garbage…..

For the first time in quite awhile I have a few makeup items in the pile. After cracking my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder on my way home from Mexico a few months ago, it was only a short time later that the remaining few crumbs spilled out everywhere and were no longer usable. I absolutely loved this powder and wonder why I purchased a completely different powder to try out rather than replacing this one. It’s definitely one of my favourites. I also finished two liquid eyeliners – the Lancome Artliner as well as the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. I absolutely love the Kat Von D liner and have already, and always will, repurchase. My favourite of all time. The Lacome Artliner was great, but I struggle with the brush – too delicate. I end up with two uneven wobbly lines.

Moving on to the mass of beauty products, I didn’t bother including the regular empty bottle of Catwalk Curl Amplifying Cream that makes an appearance in every empties post, but there were a few new ones. L’Oreal’s Power Rush Moisture Mask for hair was amazing and lasted a long time. Smells great and makes my hair so soft. Definite repurchase. For my face we  have a few Body Shop items including the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet, my all-time favourite day cream. We also have the Vitamin E Cream Cleanser which I liked, but didn’t love. I prefer lathering face washes. As we all know I ADORE the Vitamin E line from TBS. I also finished up the Aloe Protective Serum, which I will most likely repurchase. I think it’s a great serum for the summer months. And finally, the last face product was my longest running repurchase item: the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which I will repurchase the moment I see any sign of the bottom. Ever. Single. Night.

Two last (and random) products. Quo’s Nail Polish Remover Pump has been the best remover i’ve tried in a long time. So easy to use and takes all polish off quick! I’ve already repurchased. A really old YSL Babydoll perfume was finally spritzed to the last drop – it’s about time. And lastly, Degree’s Motionsense Dry Spray anti-perpirant in Fresh Energy. I picked this up to see what I felt about the new ‘dry spray’ fad, and wasn’t quite sold. It took a few days to get the correct balance and how much was required, and on a daily bases I felt like I was breathing in deodorant fumes. Not pleasant. I’ll stick to my wind-up sticks thanks.

What have you used up lately? Have you tried any of these?

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A Closer Look at Brushes

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Sometimes brushes are overwhelming. Which ones do I need? What are they all used for? So many people have varying opinions on which are the best, and I’ve gotta put it out there that I’m NO expert. If it puts the makeup on my face, then I think it works! Yet of course some work better than others for certain products and purposes. Let’s take a closer look – which brushes do I love and what do I use them for?

Foundation: My choice is the RealTechniques Expert Face Brush – I’ve used other foundation brushes and sponges before, but this brush is my number one choice. Not only does the brush help me cover my whole face, it blends everything perfectly without having to go over it again later. The brushes need to be firm, but not too firm. I find a round formation is much better than flat.

Bronzer: My choice is the Sephora Classic Bronzer Brush – For bronzer, the thicker and denser the brush the better. Perfect for reaching all angles and parts of the face you’re aiming for! High cheeks, nose, forehead, etc. Can also be used for contouring, but I’m not very good with that.

Powder/Face Brush: My choice is the RealTechniques Powder Brush – This is a new addition to my stash and is wonderful. Such a big brush that covers much more of my face and is so super soft. I also sometimes use the Quo Powder Brush as well, but the bristles shed.

Eyeshadow: My choice is the Quo AllOver Eyeshadow Brush – I have them all, the small, thin, thick, big eyeshadow brushes. But my favourite is this one! It does the job in easy full sweeps of the but is also small and angled enough for creases and blending. Perfect.

Bush Brush: My choice is, you guessed it, the RealTechniques Blush Brush – Perfectly shaped to flawlessly define your cheeks. The most perfect blush brush I’ve ever used.

I have lots of other brushes, but I thought I’d give you a closer look at the main, most important brushes that I use every day. Stay tuned for ‘A Closer Look’ at the lesser used brushes. Which are you’re favourite brushes?

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Shoppers Haul and Point Redemption

WOOOOOO! I love when I can redeem my Shopper’s Optimum Points! It’s like Christmas came early!! My basket was a little more full than usual last night, so I was a little nervous when I approached the cash, but WOWZA my bill only came to $8, redeeming $60 worth of Optimum Points. SCORE!!! (now do you realize why I love this card so much?!)

So, what did I buy you may ask? Several of my purchases were based on blog reviews, some based on personal desire, and some were spur of the moment ‘hey that looks cool’ kinda buys.

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Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple. I love Revlon’s lip butters. Its the perfect cross between lipstick and moisturizing lip chap. Other tinted lip balms don’t give anywhere near the amount of colour coverage as Revlon Lip Butters. Candy Apple is only my second Lip Butter purchase, I already have Sugar Plum, but I know that more are to come.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux. I really like wearing darker lipsticks when I’m going out for a night, and a few months ago I completely fell in love with the Revlon Colourstay Ultimate Suede  in the colour Backstage. Perfect coverage and longlasting stay. But I lost and repurchased the lipstick twice. Having lost it a third time I’ve realized it’s not meant to be, at $15 a piece I’m not risking another loss. This colour of the Rimmel Lipstick is a complete match and was on sale for only $5.99. BONUS. Although it’s not a long-lasting stain, I’ll live with re-applying if it means a $10 difference.

Covergirl Lipperfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Rose Twist. I’ve had my eye on the Clinique Chubby Sticks for awhile, not willing to pay $25 for a lip crayon. And I’ve also been looking at the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, but my sister snagged the last one on the shelf. So I went with the Covergirl equivalent, also on sale. The colour is a soft glossy and not as sticky as a lip gloss. It’s a natural colour, great for everyday wear. I’m looking forward to using this one all summer.

Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Melted Caramel Flame. This was one of those purchases that randomly caught my eye in the aisle. It’s a chubby pencil meant for all-over eye colour. Super shimmery and has a finish similar to the Maybelline Colour Tattoos yet not as long-lasting. The colour is a shimmery bronze. I really like the shiny finish of the Colour Tattoos so I’m excited to give this a try.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation is something I’ve read a lot about on other blogs. Revlon is by far my favourite drug store brand, but oddly I’ve never tried a single one of their foundations before. I’m looking for a ‘barely there’ type of foundation for the summer, so I already knew that this was the one to try. I’m really looking forward to this one.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent. I have a few finishing powders, but none have been able to handle the shine that my face has after a long day of work. I work with food a lot and it’s not a pleasant feeling in the aftermath. So I thought I’d give this one a try. I’ve heard a lot about it, and hopefully the name is true and my face will ‘stay matte’ throughout the day.

and finally Quo Lush’N’Long Eyelash Curler. Truthfully I’ve never used an eyelash curler before, the idea kinda scares me. But I thought I’d give this a try. I was sold on the cute pink colour of this curler, as well as it’s awesome $5.99 price in comparison to the other brands. I’ll have to give it a try and let you know how it goes.

So that’s it. $67 worth of products (+ a tube of toothpaste) that I managed to pay only $8 for!! This is why I love Shoppers so much and why I encourage everyone to collect Optimum Points! SO happy shopping lovelies!! Start collecting those points!

(PS. I’ve decided to stop writing these posts late at night when I’m in my pj’s so that I can get a decent photo of myself in here. I might be an ogre for all you know!…..patience. It’s coming)